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Software for making pixel art.

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This topic will show you what kind of software you need for making pixel art.

FREE SOFTWARE

Microsoft Paint
Yes, you can make pixel art using Microsoft Paint, but hardly.(if you use Windows 7, don't do it.)

Paint.net
Paint.net is a advance version of Microsoft paint, and is easy to use than Microsoft paint.

Graphics Gale
A software especially created for making pixel art, easy to use but it's not noob-friendly.

Pro Motion
A drawing and animation software designed similar to the famous Amiga Deluxe Paint, this software can also be use for pixel art animations.

Personal Paint
A powerful and intuitive paint, image processing, animation and 24-bit printing package. Employ stunning effects like emboss, water-colors, transparencies and stereograms (as in "Magic Eye").

Tile Studio
A complete development utility for graphics of tile-based games.


Ultimate Paint
A full-featured 32-bit Windows graphics program for image creation, viewing and manipulation

 

Pickle

A cross-platform pixel editor for creating game animations, tiles and sprite sheets.

 

iDraw Chara Maker

A graphics program widely used by the game-making community (RPG Maker in particular), which uses palletized graphics, grid snapping, and animation previews. It is very useful for those making graphics for a tile-based game.

 

Ragepixel

A very powerful tool in fast prototyping and gamejam scenarios.

 

RotSprite

A sprite rotation and scaling utility developed by Xenowhirl. It outperforms most professional graphics software (such as Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro) when rotating sprites through an angle other than 90° or one of its multiples. Typically, other graphics editors will apply anti-aliasing or use a primitive nearest-neighbor method when rotating images, which produces results that are ugly or unsuitable for sprites.

 

SOFTWARE THAT YOU NEED TO BUY IT

Adobe Photoshop
If you want to make a RTP quality pixel art fast, this software is suit for you, but expensive.

 

Pixen
A open source pixel art editor designed for working with low-resolution raster art, such as those 8-bit sprites found in old-school video games. With innovative features like a unique color palette system, patterns, layers, and high-zoom support, Pixen packs all the tools pixel artists need in an intuitive, Pixen also makes creating frame-by-frame animations fun and easy, unfortunately this is only for Mac OS X.


Artweaver
Artweaver lets you paint creatively with the help of a huge range of painting tools, this software can even create more than pixel art.


Easy Icon Maker
A small and easy-to-use all-in-one icon utility for icon making editing, changing, extracting, searching, and exploring.


IcoFX
A more advance software for making icon(s), the software is look-like Paint.net


There are still some other software for pixel making, i discovered a online pixel art making software but i thought it would be useless, but why not? it's called Piq and Pixlr, and expect more tools recommended soon, and try some other member suggested tools.

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Another one that are currently on the works is Spriter and Pyxel. I've been looking forward for these programs for a while now.

There's also Pixothello.

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There's also Gimp, which I'm not a fan of, but I know some people swear by it.

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There's also Gimp, which I'm not a fan of, but I know some people swear by it.

Ah, GIMP. It's more reliable as an image editor akin to Photoshop. Drawing from scratch using it is the same as using Photoshop; Cumbersome. Not that cumbersome at least. I just find it less efficient to make new colors, very unlike SAI and Graphics Gale.

Oh, SAI. It can make pixel arts too using Binary tool. I even saw some japanese artists show off their pixelwork is being worked in SAI. But SAI's cursoring aren't that supportive for pixel by pixel compared to Paint (Microsoft XP) and Graphics Gale.

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I'm rather partial to iDraw for anything under 256 colours. It's easy to use and has many options, including animation (you can save an animation, change the speed or the frames) and toggle right-click colour change. There's a lot or other neat options and recolouring is very easy with it.

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I'm curious as there are pixel-are tutorials for some of these?

I'm more looking toward graphics gale then anything else ATM.

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Join me brother 8D

Join you...? What we gonna take over the world? Awesome :)

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I'm curious as there are pixel-are tutorials for some of these?

I'm more looking toward graphics gale then anything else ATM.

Yes my friend, join the Graphics Gale side my friend. XD

and yes thanks to the software suggestions everyone, i might put them in the list but they have a link so nevermind. :)

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@People asking about tutorials, what they oughta use... all that schtick: it really doesn't matter! Just find the program that works the best for you (I've stuck with PS, but that's because I was already used to the program and didn't really care to learn another one), and then use it.

Use the tool that lets you draw one pixel at a time, and BOOM, you can make pixel art. Easy as that.

...seriously: only tools I use in PS for pixel art: pencil tool, eraser (set to function like the pencil tool), eyedropper and the selection tool (for movin' shit around). That's it. Honestly, I do not need PS to do that, but it's what I use!

The program you use will not magically improve your skills -- the only way to improve is to practice!

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I use Gimp only because i dont want to learn Ps, but I am going to check out that Tile Studio.

-Edit-(a few mins later) Whoa! I didn't know such a thing existed! YES! What a gold mine here.

Also found Tiled too.

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I use Gimp only because i dont want to learn Ps, but I am going to check out that Tile Studio.

-Edit-(a few mins later) Whoa! I didn't know such a thing existed! YES! What a gold mine here.

Also found Tiled too.

Due to my research Tile Studio is best for making tilesets and iconsets :)

Edit:Nah it's just for tileset ;)

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Another piece of software no one has yet mentioned is Krita.

It's an open-source program like GIMP, but it's not an image-manipulator or photo-editor; It's designed primarily and almost solely for digital artists.

For pixel art it will run the same as just about any other program you mentioned, but it has a huge number of brushes with completely different behaviors to them so it'll be much more useful for creating portraits, scenes, and the more high detail content in your game.

But still, It's worth mentioning.

(Windows port is still "Highly experimental". It runs but has errors occasionally. I recommend having a linux partition or a separate computer for it or any unix based software. Linux runs lighter anyways ^_^)

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Adobe Photoshop in my opinion is very good for pixel pictures, but I only do it for minkoff battlers. Microsoft Paint is what I use to sprite the VX characters. With different programs it's really best to find what you're comfortable with.

I'll take a look at tile studio because I plan on making my own tilesets for my game and photoshop isn't going to be great for it.

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I plan on making my own tilesets for my game and photoshop isn't going to be great for it.

This is funny to me, because I exclusively use Photoshop for making tiles - both in the painted VX/Ace stye and in the pixel RMXP style. I can't imagine using anything else.

Anyway, to stay on topic ... If any of you are a student, you should look into what discounts you have available through your school. Even a more expensive program like Photoshop can become affordable with a student discount.

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I have used Photoshop for school when I was in it. I may have to get the dust off my copy and try it. I may even look into some of the other ones that where listed.

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Another piece of software no one has yet mentioned is Krita.

It's an open-source program like GIMP, but it's not an image-manipulator or photo-editor; It's designed primarily and almost solely for digital artists.

For pixel art it will run the same as just about any other program you mentioned, but it has a huge number of brushes with completely different behaviors to them so it'll be much more useful for creating portraits, scenes, and the more high detail content in your game.

But still, It's worth mentioning.

(Windows port is still "Highly experimental". It runs but has errors occasionally. I recommend having a linux partition or a separate computer for it or any unix based software. Linux runs lighter anyways ^_^)

After GIMP and Paint.net both failed to install properly, I was forced to find an alternative to open PSD files and came cross Krita. I can attest it is indeed of high quality, and I've never seen any other free image editing program that has as many bells and whistles.

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@ TheNewTeddy

Gimp failed to install? That is a first for me to hear.

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After GIMP and Paint.net both failed to install properly

What? try downloading it and install it again.

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I did. It tells me I have an old version, somewhere, on my computer. I can't find it for the life of me. The auto-uninstall does not work.

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You could try to uninstall with CCleaner or Iobit Uninstaller. Or both, as Iobit finds sometimes traces that CCleaner doesn't. :>

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Okay... Someone tell me why i should NOT use adobe photoshop CS6 for making pixelart. I already have the software, and is probably easier for me to use it, but... For some reason my guts tell me this is not a good idea and I'd like to know why would this feeling be right.

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Photoshop CS6 has this weird pixel sensitivity that makes it hard to do pixel art. For example, I moved a pixel to the right and for some reason after it's 1 pixel off going to the left.

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Turn off all snap-to options, it should fix that problem. Each new incarnation of PS seems to add a new one.

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